3 January 2012

Somalia: Fleeing Families Stranded - Troubled At Kenyan Border

Photo: Kate Holt
Women and children await treatment in Somalia.

Dhoblay — Numerous of Somali families, who have fled from the severe drought, conflict and famine in southern Somalia regions, are reportedly stranded at Dhobley town at the country's border with Kenya.

Families among women, children from and elderly people from Bay,Bakol and Banadir regions in southern somalia,have reached in the past few weeks at the border, to cross to the refugee camps in northeast Kenya, but fighting between Somalia government soldiers with Kenyan army and Al-shabab militants and heavy rains in that regions have made traveling on the ground more harder .

These fleeing families from drought and battle hit regions in southern Somalia and cut off in Dhoblay town, are facing hardships and they are in dire need of help and relief

'We are suffering since we got here because we got sick, have diseases, but we had no option but to stay with no help and assistance,'said one of the displaced people.

Reports at the border indicate, the situation of these fleeing Somali families is worsening each passing day, health and sanitation are deteriorating in the transit centre (Dhoblay town), at Somali border with Kenya.

As the war in Somalia rages on, returning home is unlikely for the thousands of displacing families that have fled in recent months

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